Batchelor Institute is pleased to host the Elders Visiting Program that is working with the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services (NTDCS) and various other Northern Territory Government agencies to reduce recidivism in NT communities.
Despite representing just 26 per cent of the NT adult population, Indigenous people currently represent 84 per cent of adult persons in Northern Territory prisons.
The Elders Visiting Program provides a vital link between Indigenous community leaders and Correctional Services where they can raise awareness of cultural and community issues.
The program provides an opportunity for stakeholders to work together on formulating ways that assist recently released prisoners once they return to community from re-offending.
These strategies can include assistance in finding employment and how to better direct services to those in need.
It’s a great opportunity to formulate cooperative relationships between the community elders, Government agencies, NGO’s and the business community.
Developing community driven solutions to the problem of re-offending is key to reducing the over-representation of Indigenous people incarcerated in the NT.
Over the next 12 months Batchelor Institute is looking forward to working with NTDCS and utilising remote education facilities to assist with the formulation of local solutions to the issues that contribute to re-offending.